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Robotics vs Artificial Intelligence: The Difference Explained

 , April 20, 2016
Robots are autonomous or semi-autonomous machines meaning that they can act independently of external commands. Artificial intelligence is software that learns and self-improves.
In some cases, robots make use of artificial intelligence to improve their autonomous functions by learning. However it is also common for robots to be designed with no capability to self-improve.
The combination of robots and artificial intelligence is a significant area of research. Many of the things that robots commonly need to do such as process visual information is best solved with self-learning software. Robot enthusiasts also may envision a superintelligence that takes a physical form.
Robots with artificial intelligence are potentially an existential risk due to their physical nature and ability to change and rapidly improve without human direction or control.
Overview: Robotics vs Artificial Intelligence
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Robot DefinitionA machine with autonomous functions.
Artificial Intelligence DefinitionSoftware that learns and self-improves.
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